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My husband and I run our own IT Consultancy business and some time ago we needed to replace our out of date printer and we wanted something wireless which included a photocopier and fax machine.
We went to PC World - I think from memory we had some vouchers, we usually wait until we have vouchers before making major purchases! We chose the Epson Stylus Office BX625FWD Wireless Multifunction Inkjet Printer - how's that for a title! We did look at laser versions but we just couldn't afford them.
I can't remember how much we paid for ours but the current price on the PC World website is shown as is £149.99.
The unit itself is black; it looks very smart and is compact for what it does. It is 446mm wide, 360mm deep and 221mm high and it sits perfectly on the top of my drawer unit in the office.
The machine uses Epson ink cartridges - pretty obviously - and there are four namely black, cyan, yellow and magenta. Individually they cost £12.59 from Staples or you can get a set of all four for £25.91 which is obviously much better value. Incidentally it's the pack with the Cheetah on the front!
The printer comes supplied with the following software:
Epson Easy Photo Print
Epson Event Manager
Epson Net Setup
Epson Web Support
Presto! Page Manager® 9
And the following accessories:
4 individual ink cartridges
Basic operations guide
''Start Here'' guide
Control panel icon sticker
Presto! Page Manager® 9 software
As with any of these multi function items we rarely use all the options so I took a look at the web site to find the details of the software and accessories so that I could make sure that I told you what the printer is actually capable of even though I don't pretend to understand it all.
When the printer arrived Dave set it up so that it is linked wirelessly to both of our laptops. I didn't have anything to do with this part of the proceedings - I let the expert get on with it! To be fair it was all done very quickly and didn't cause any problems at all.
As I said earlier I don't use all the functions so I will just be telling you about the options that I use.
On the front of the unit there is a panel which is initially flat against the front of the machine but can be angled for ease of use. This incorporates the keypad, on / off button and a 6.3cm colour LCD screen which you use to choose the function you wish to use - photocopy, fax etc. The really clever part of this is that it makes it really easy to navigate between functions and also gives instructions for various tasks. For example when any of the four ink cartridges begin to run short of ink a message is displayed to warn you telling you which one is running low. When the ink has run out completely the printer ceases to work and the message is displayed together with the choice of whether you want to change the ink cartridge. When you press ok it then gives you a series of instructions to guide you effortlessly through the process!
The paper feed holds plenty of paper and there is an extendable tray at the front to catch the copies. Copies of multiple documents can be made by using the paper feed on top of the machine and there is also a facility for double sided copying which can be very useful at times. The copying is quick and easy and is of such good quality it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between ther original and the copy.
Printing is so easy it is wonderful - I just press the print key on my laptop from wherever I happen to be sitting in the cottage and the printer in the office springs immediately into life! Previously I would have to get the floppy drive, load whatever I wanted printing onto a disc, load the file onto the desktop PC and then print using the printer attached to the PC. So you can see this machine is a godsend! The print quailty is excellent and it can be used as a black and white or a colour printer.
The machine has a facility whereby it can be used as a scanner to scan documents directly to a file on the computer. Dave regularly uses this feature although it isn't one that I have had cause to use yet.
The unit also serves as a fax machine and, whilst I haven't used this, I know that Dave has used it and finds it easy to use and efficient.
Well there you are then - I would definitely recommend this machine although I know my review hasn't been as technical as it might have been I hope it has given you an idea of just how good this printer, copier, fax machine and scanner really is!
By the way due to the new 'quick rating' I have had to say what the battery life is like - it doesn't have a battery of course!